PARIS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron, who once declared “Make The Planet Great Again”, but whose climate agenda has been dashed by ongoing street protests, is under new pressure to fight climate change after the Green Party did well elections on Sunday.
The French Green Party and its left-wing allies made significant gains in the second ballot, conquering cities such as Lyon, Strasbourg and Besançon.
To show that he is taking the earnings seriously, Macron meets with a civilian group on Monday that he convened earlier this year in response to criticism that he was not doing enough about the climate.
The citizen group gives him a new list of climate proposals that have been prepared on the basis of an ambitious report it has prepared, with recommendations for combating CO2 emissions by deterring the French from solo car trips and alternatives to such as electric cars, and the harmful effects of air travel.
The group set aside most of its fire on travel, which produces 30% of the greenhouse gases in France.
The yellow protests of economic justice that pushed France to its knees for months knocked part of Macron’s green agenda because it was caused by opposition to a new fuel tax that he intended to help in the climate struggle.
Earlier this year, Macron attempted to lure green voters by calling the fight against climate change and environmental destruction “the fight of the century.” The words came during a February visit to a melting glacier in the French Alps, but it was condemned as a hollow electoral stunt by environmentalists. Critics accused Macron of using the icy photo to polish his government’s green credentials prior to local elections.
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